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The latest on the Kyosho Inferno MP9 Team International Edition 2

Yuishi Kanai's Kyosho Inferno MP9 TKI2

Well its official, Kyosho Japan has announced the much anticipated Inferno MP9 TKI2 (Team Kit International 2). The release should make it available before the 2010 Worlds for Factory Team drivers and the rest of us soon after.

This is not just your run of the mill update; it’s a big evolution for the platform. With intelligent changes and updates that come directly from the development and dedication of Kyosho’s extremely experienced International team drivers. I am sure there has been countless communications between the drivers, Kyosho and Inferno Master Yuichi Kanai who has continued to be the platforms final say for design. These guys take this car SERIOUSLY and it shows!

Many of the new items included with this inferno MP9 release have been updates that help with reliability from the original designs of the TKI1. For example the front and rear bulkheads have reformulated composites that handle higher temperatures that the car is run in around the world. The original kit used the same formulation as most of the other stressed plastics in the car and had trouble with de-formation from the heat. This is no longer an issue. Problems that are solved like this make a more seasoned platform all that much more desirable to competition racers then something un-tried and new. Other areas that are similar are the new “B” version front suspension holder that is much stronger, the longer front King pins as well as re-designed and formulated front upper suspension arms.

Some of the new features like the threaded shock bodies come from requests from the field, not necessarily an improvement in some people’s eye’s, however now there are choices. If you like to run the “older” shock clips, than go ahead. If you ran a car with threaded bodies before and prefer them, now you have that choice with the inferno MP9.

One of the parts that was a carryover from the MP777 was the air filter setup. This design is great and very light weight, but with the emphasis on low profile bodies and low CG there was room for improvement. The new high volume, light weight, low profile filter system also includes a mount and the element is held in place with a body clip, nice! No more floppy air filter hitting your brake linkages. It also tucks into the newly designed body much nicer than the older system.

Other new features are also for cosmetics. With arguably the ultimate 1/8th Buggy available in the world you would expect some hot, up to date looks!!! Kyosho has been changing from the Blue anodized look of the 2000’s  to the more monochrome look of gunmetal and black with many of it’s newer products such as the new Inferno Neo. We were expecting a change for the MP9 TKI2 flagship model! With darker finishes on the aluminum components that match more closely than the Inferno MP9 TKI1 its gives you a more completed and sophisticated look. Also changed are the old shinny gold turnbuckles from the 90’s that were a bit dated looking, to black now furthering the impression of high tech to improve the look.

Another trend around the world are “Dish Style Wheels” which are now included in the Inferno MP9 TKI2 kit. These Kyosho units are the nicest, lightest and strongest available, and are the newer larger diameter of course. Some of us prefer the slotted styling of the older wheels, but again like the threaded shock bodies it’s another available choice. How did Kyosho ever get Yuichi Kanai to agree to this? He seems to have always loved the slotted styled wheels!

This article is getting long; however just pictures just don’t do justice to the improvements and additions with this new Inferno! News organizations think you can do without, but more explanation for those who don’t follow the Kyosho Inferno saga I believe is important. Especially when making a decision on what platform to run if they are looking.

Handling improvements are also a big focus on the Inferno MP9 TKI2. There have been thousands of miles now logged by Kyosho factory drivers around the world in all conditions under competition situations. This has helped compile tons of data on the chassis’s setup. This data has led to changes in the kit contents as well as the build setup. Until we actually build our own, there are some unknowns here. The new revised blue springs are now included front and rear. These are the most popular choice of team drivers in a majority of conditions. What is still unknown is if the new conical shock pistons are also included or something new?

The focus on the new Inferno MP9 TKI2 has changed a bit from the original TKI as you will notice the lightened balls are not included (we think), however many of the new 7075 CNC machined parts are now standard. The original kit really focused on light weight, now it seems that with some experience Kyosho has decided to give us a bit more strength and durability. Included now, it looks like, are the hardened steel balls as well as the rear aluminum suspension holder and aluminum rear hubs that nicely match the incredibly beautiful front knuckles. If you would like light weight you can upgrade to the Kyosho aluminum hard balls and get the new Kyosho Titanium Screw kit.

All this new stuff is covered with a newly designed body shell. Open almost completely around the engine head, it is sure to enhance cooling. This helps run the engine cooler and leaner if needed to achieve greater fuel mileage everyone these days is striving for. This body’s styling is different than the traditional Kyosho designs, however looking at some of the designs out there lately pushing the limits of ROAR’s patience this looks like a great compromise.

Some of the items that we are not yet sure about as of the writing of this article on June 15th are:

  • Is the foam filter thing on the servo saver an actual part?
  • Have the shock seals changed in the threaded bodies? (hope not)
  • Will the Race ready A spec come to America???
  • Are the new hardened rear outer suspension pins included?
  • Are the new brake disks the Evolva Fiber ones that Tebo uses?
  • What else have they not shown us? Pictures only can say so much.

Well stayed tuned for more (bookmark our site!) As soon as we get more info we will let you know.

Inferno MP9 Team International Edition 2 Notes:

New parts:

Threaded Front Shock Bodies

Threaded Rear Shock Bodies

Low Profile Oval Air Cleaner, Mount and Elements

White Suspension Inserts

KYOIF467 Kyosho Inferno MP9 Long King Pin Set

KYOIFW410 Kyosho Inferno MP9 Aluminum Rear Hub Carrier Left and Right

KYOIF350-714 Kyosho Big Bore Shock Springs Light Blue Short Length 70mm 7-1.4

KYOIS106-814 Kyosho Big Bore Shock Springs Light Blue Medium Length 84mm 8-1.4

Top Down mounting Front Outer Steering Balls

KYOIF408B Kyosho Inferno MP9 Hard Bulk Head Set for Front or Rear Ver. "C'

KYOIF428B Kyosho Inferno MP9 Revised Hard Upper Arm Set

Foam Dirt Cover for the Servo Saver

New Body Design

Black Turnbuckles

KYOIFH004W Kyosho Inferno MP9 Dish Wheels Larger Diameter White

Brake Disks?

KYOIF439B Kyosho Inferno MP9 Front Lower Suspension Holder Front "B" version

Upgrade Parts Included:

KYOIF413 Kyosho Inferno MP9 Center Differential Outdrive Shafts

KYOIF412 Kyosho Inferno MP9 Front or Rear Differential Outdrive Shafts

KYOIFW401 Kyosho Inferno MP9 SP Aluminum 7075 Gunmetal Anodized Radio Posts

KYOIFW402 Kyosho Inferno MP9 Aluminum 7075 Gunmetal Anodized Wing Stay Collar (Posts)

KYOIFW407 Kyosho Inferno MP9 7075 Aluminum Rear Suspension Holder

Upgrade Parts that could be added:

Lightened Hard Balls

KYOIFW411 Kyosho Inferno MP9 Titanium Screw Set

KYOIF415 Kyosho Inferno MP9 Brake Rotor 30mm

KYOIF346-04L Kyosho Lightweight Big Bore Shock Bushings 7075 Aluminum


And more……





The latest on the Kyosho Inferno MP9 TKI2